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May 31, 2018


Legislative Update
Army Update

Naval Services Update
Air Force Update

Military Life
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Reserve perspectives for local radio or TV

Looking for on-air “talent” for your local veterans or military radio (or TV) program? ROA is ready to serve: we can provide over-the-phone or on-screen (Facetime, etc.) briefings on Reserve Component issues from Washington, DC. Email ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips:

Legislative Update

ROA opinion piece in The Hill honors the fallen, calls for support of serving citizen-warriors

This month’s article in The Hill, ROA’s fifth, was published Memorial Day weekend and focused on the cost of wars -- past and present. As the title reads, “Those
who serve deserve our best, but never have so many depended on so few,” is very fitting.

During this Memorial Day holiday week, many Americans will observe it by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades, attending ball games or shopping for sales within our communities. While, unofficially this week marks the beginning of the summer season, let us remember our fallen service members and always be thankful for what we have as a nation.

ROA is the national military organization to have a regular column in the Washington, DC, political media. READ MORE>

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Reserve Component Mobilizations — By the Numbers
(as of 29 May 2018 )

The Department of Defense publishes contingency activations of the Reserve Components on a weekly basis. When DoD considered stopping the contingency reporting earlier in 2017, ROA was instrumental in pressing DoD to keep it as a reporting requirement. This information is important because Congress uses this information to gauge how the Reserve Component is being used for operational missions which results in authorizations and appropriations.

Additionally, this report reminds the President and Congress that the Reserve Component is still being used for contingency activations despite years of drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Army Reserve Update

Searchers find body of Maryland National Guardsman who perished in devastating flash flood

A Maryland National Guardsman who was missing after being swept away by the Memorial Day weekend torrential rains that prompted destructive flash flooding in historic Ellicott City, Md. for the second time in less than two years, has been found dead.

Sergeant Eddison Hermond’s body was located on May 29 in a nearby river after a massive rainstorm hit the area Sunday, dropping nearly eight inches of rain in eight hours and floodwaters passed 24 feet submerging cars, damaging buildings and putting most of the of the city’s epicenter underwater.

Hermond was trying to rescue a local shop owner when he was overtaken by the rushing water. The shop had been flooded and the owner stated she was “trapped in her shop and the muddy water had already risen above her waist.” The Guardsman reportedly stepped over a ledge to get to her and was washed away.

Hermond had been a member of the Maryland Army National Guard since 2009 and had previously served in the Air Force for 10 years.

ROA offers its condolences to the Hermond family during this difficult time

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ROA National Chaplain named Army Reserve Ambassador Emeritus

Chief of Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey has honored retired Army Col. Sherman R. Reed with the lifetime designation as an Army Reserve Ambassador Emeritus, Retired. Reed, who serves as ROA's National Chaplain, served actively as an Ambassador for more than a decade.

"Your untiring service has provided lifelong impact on this Team," Lieutenant General Luckey wrote Ambassador Reed, encouraging him "to remain engaged in supporting America's Army Reserve."

Colonel Reed was appointed an Army Reserve Ambassador for Indiana in 2001 by Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Plewes, then Chief of Army Reserve. He later moved to Tennessee and his appointment transferred to the "Agriculture and Commerce" state. In 2012, he was awarded Emeritus status and served in that capacity until April 2018 when he received the Army Reserve Ambassador Emeritus for life appointment by LTG Charles D. Luckey.

ROA's chaplain has had the privilege, and honor, of serving as an Ambassador for five Chiefs of Army Reserve.

"Having served in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army, I am often asked how my life has been regarding my journey as a chaplain," Reed said. "My answer is, from my perspective, I have had the best of two worlds -- the Church and the U.S. military. It has been an honor to serve God and country and I am indebted to both."

"Chaplain Reed's devotion to duty as a man of faith, a shepherd of his ROA flock, and a patriot who served his nation, stands as an example of the best of this nation's citizen-warrior," said ROA National President Lt. Col. Donald Stockton, USAFR (Ret.).

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Naval Services Update

“America’s Tall Ship” visit to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

(Photo: USCG)

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, “America's Tall Ship," was in the port of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, over the Memorial Day weekend for a four-day visit.

“We couldn’t think of a better place to kick off our 2018 summer than lovely St Thomas,” said Capt. Matt Meilstrup, commanding officer of the Eagle. “Many Virgin Islanders have sailed Eagle and served in the Coast Guard. The cadets and crew – both Active and Reservists -- experienced the warm hospitality, explored the island, and helped in the community during their port call.” Public tours were available to see the 82-year-old Eagle.

At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation following World War II.

With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience.

A seasoned permanent crew of 8 assigned officers and 50 assigned enlisted personnel maintain the ship and provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for the training of up to 153 cadets or officer candidates at a time. Augmented by temporary crew members, including U.S. Coast Guard Reservists, the vessel is used for training deployments and sails with more than 230 hands on board. Eagles 2018 Schedule

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It’s a good year for Navy Reserve E-6s up for chief. Here’s why.

(Photo: US Navy)

The chances of getting a shiny new set of chief petty officer anchors is looking up this year for both the drilling reserve and the reserve full-time support components, according to the newly released official quotas.

The release of this year’s advancement numbers comes as the fiscal year 2019 Selected Reserve and Full-Time E-7 selection board got underway last week in Millington, Tennessee. The board is reviewing the records of a combined 3,600 sailors whose test scores and evaluations were good enough to qualify this year. For those in the drilling reserve, over 2,586 eligible candidates will compete for a total of 448 spots, giving those part-time sailors just over a 17 percent shot at moving into the chief’s mess this fall. READ MORE>

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Air Force Update

A-10 Contract Extends Flying into the 2040s

(Photo by

The Air Force recently published a proposal request that would replace wings on the A-10 Warthog that have begun showing their age with cracks. Unfortunately, the Air Force is expecting to ground the aircraft because of the terms of the contract. There will almost certainly be groundings between 2019 and 2029, though. In April 2018, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris, the service’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Programs, and Requirements, told legislators that he was only confident that his service could prevent any groundings occurring after 2025.” READ MORE

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Kentucky Air National Guard Trains Iraqi Air Force

(Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton)

The Air National Guard has continued their support in Iraqi as air advisors by assisting with training and safety protocols. “April 2018, the joint training was put to the test when critical Iraqi equipment needed to be shipped back to the U.S. for routine service. The Iraqi aerial port technicians, along with 370th AEAG air advisor observers, who are part of the Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team, loaded three C-130J Super Hercules engines on to a U.S. Air Force aircraft. It was a cooperation that is rarely seen, according to the U.S. air advisors and is a sign of trust between partner nations.” READ MORE

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Military Family

Blue Star Museums

(Photo courtesy of the Grace Museum)

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. For locations at over 2000 museums: READ HERE

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Jobs on the Hill
Three good sources for legislative related job opportunities

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Law Reviews:
Legal analysis on the issues impacting your life in and out of uniform

Former Service Member’s Law Center director, retired USNR Capt. Sam Wright, provides periodic law review updates. Please see ROA’s Law Center webpage for more information on service members’ law.

No. 18043 Your “Resignation” in 2014, when you Enlisted in the Army, Does Not Defeat your Right to Reemployment in 2018, When you Were Released from Active Duty
No. 18044 National Guard Bureau PowerPoint for Training National Guard Technicians Has It Wrong on USERRA
No. 18045 Jones v. Marriott Revisited

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To publish your reunion notice in Reserve Voice, email or send by mail to
ROA Reunion Notice
1 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Reunion for member of 311th Evac Hosp of Bismarck, Minot and Fargo, ND US Army Reserve.
Where: Bismarck, ND
When: June 15, 16 & 17, 2018
Contact; David Becker at
Note: Unit was viable from early 1940s through 1990/s. Mobilized once to the Persian Gulf in 1991.

77th Armor Regiment Reunion
Dates: June 21-24, 2018
Location: Hilton El Conquistador Resort
10000 N. Oracle Rd., Tuscon, AZ 85704.
Registration forms:
Contact: Robert L. Basner, 989-624-4593; e mail:

Society of the First Infantry Division, "Big Red One" 2018 Reunion

Dates: August 1-5, 2018
Location: Westin Lombard, Ambler PA 19002
Contact: • PH 215-654-1969

U.S.S. John R. Craig DD885
Dates: September 5-9, 2018
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Contact: Jerry Chwalek
Email: • 734-525-1469

Army, 1st Signal Brigade (Vietnam & Korea)
5-9 September 2018
Location: Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX.
POC: John Keenan • (913) 633-2639 •

USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) Association 21st Shipmates' Reunion
Dates:12-16 September 2018
Location: Courtyard Marriott, 1001 Intrepid Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19112
(Historic Navy Yard, Philadelphia)
POC: Tim Gildea, (215) 480-4260,
Note: Open to present and past members of ship's crew, Marine Detachment, embarked staffs, specialty detachments, and air wing. Reunion participants may bring guests.
Information & Registration form:

U.S.S. Perkins 27th Annual Reunion
September 13-15, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
POC: Barry Buchanan • Ph 816-792-3040

Vinh Long Outlaws Association Biennial Reunion
September 13-17, 2018
North Charleston Marriott • Charleston, SC
POC: Jim Donnelly email:
Info & Registration:

39th Engineer Battalion Alumni Association
Dates: September 30 - October 3, 2018
Location: Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino, Tucson, AZ
Hotel: 877-777-4212 (refer to 39th Engineers block)
Form & Info:
March 2018 Newsletter with reg form

More Info: 39th 2018 Arizona Reunion Information
Contact: Bill Ray, 817-239-0787,

USS Taylor (DD/DDE-468)
Dates: 07-11 October, 2018 • Location: Colorado Springs, CO
POC: CDR James G. O'Neill USNR-RET
Email: • Phone: 804-212-8911

Patron Four Five Association (VP-45) 15th Biennial Reunion
Dates: October 24-28, 2018 • Location: Grand Hotel, Pensacola, Florida
POC: Doug "Pooh Bear" Mitchell (President)
Phone: 678-650-7500Email:

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